Geometridae : Larentiinae
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Pine Carpet
Pennithera firmata
Spruce Carpet
Thera britannica
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Grey Pine Carpet
Thera obeliscata

(Hübner, 1787) 1768 / 70.081

General comments:
Widespread resident.

Confusion is possible with Spruce Carpet (T. britannica). Even in older literature this confusion exists. For example, J. F. Stephens illustrates "Thera britannica" (as variata), from Hertford in his Illustrations of British Entomology, published in 1829, and Foster (1937) gives several localities, also as variata. However, Fryer (1948) suggests that these are all open to question and may all relate to T. obeliscata. The best guide is perhaps the shape of the segments of the male antennae, but some females may not be separable without dissection. The moth is very often found where neither Scots Pine nor Spruce grows and there must surely be an undiscovered alternative foodplant.

Recorded in 35 (85%) of 41 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1900.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
11/12/2023120TL10 - St Albans
19/11/2023120TL10 - St Albans
18/11/2023220TL10 - St Albans
13/11/2023120TL10 - St Albans
09/11/2023120TL10 - St Albans
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Forewing: 13-17mm
Flight: Two Generations
May-July, Sept-Nov
Foodplant:   Coniferous trees, Pine, Spruce, Cypress
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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